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My brothers and I left Chicago on Thursday morning for a 4 day run on our bikes. We had planned on going to 4 midwest Sprinfields: OH, TN,MO and IL. All this rain has been wreaking havoc on our trip so we have changed our plans and haven't made it to a single Springfield yet. We started off almost making the Springfield in OH but ended up at a motel outside of Dayton for the night. We then started south on Friday and made it to Louisville. As there was more rain on the way and no relief in sight if we continued south, we switched and decided to head towards southern Ill. As we headed out of Louisville in a rain storm west on I-64, we crossed the bridge into IN. My 2 brothers were behind me. Just after we came off the bridge, there was some kind of steel rail imbedded in the pavement runing the same direction as the road. It looked like the same kind of rail that normally runs across either side of a bridge but this was different. It was about 30-40 feet long and in the right side of the lane. I didn't see it until it was too late. I felt my front tire lose traction and start to break away. I learned later that my rear tire also broke lose and started to swing to the side. Somehow by the grace of G*d, I kept the bike moving forward and stayed upright. It was several seconds of sheer terror. Somehow, I managed to remember to not hit the brakes. I prayed that my brothers saw what was happening and moved over before they ended up doing what I did. Thankfully I saw them avoid the steel rail and they were ok. I kept going but finally stopped atthe firstrest stop to recover. I asked them if they saw what happened. They said that they thought I was just showing off but saw me almost go sideways. It was while talking to them thatI learned thatmy rear tire started sliding off to the side. I told them what had happened and they couldn't believe it. We weren't going that fast, only about 45 mph but it was raining.

This taught me a very valuable lesson about riding in the rain. I had done it too many times in the past to count and thought I had seen everything. I am always extremely cautious in the rain. Now I have experienced something new and realize that you always have to be on guard and anything can happen. Would it be worthwhile to contact Indiana Department of Transportation to express my concern about this potential safety hazard?

We are still on our trip. We ended up in Mt. Vernon, IL on Friday night and went back overby Indianapolis (Lebanon, In) by back roads on Saturday where we are staying the night. We are going to finish up our trip taking back roads all the way back to Chicago on Sunday. We missed all the rain while driving today and hopefully we will have a nice dry finish tomorrow.
 

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Man! Glad you were ok! Don't ya hate that feeling of just holding on for dear life, frozen for that millisecond,unable to react yet. But then, somehow, our brain takes over,and our body starts trying to keep the bike balanced and upright. I think sometimes our motor skills and what we have learned from past events and practice,kick in and do things we can't even remember later!Good job keeping calm, and thinking it through while it's happening.That's not easy to do! jimsjinx
 

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Glad to hear you didn't lose it!:shock: Any metal in the road like that, RR crossings, etc., is a hazard in wet weather. I've had a few squirrelly moments like that but was lucky not to have it go as far as you experienced. Don't forget to watch out for painted crosswalks and any lines painted on the road too. That centerline is very slippery if you hit a curve a bit hot when it's wet don't let the bike hit the painted line.
 

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I think you should call the DPS and the Dept of Highways telling them why that is so dangerous, and how it nearly killed you.
 

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if you call, it may just save someones life later. glad you're ok.



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Please, PLease, PLEASE go here and report it...



http://roadhazard.org/



Sincerely,

Ken
 

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Yes report it. I used to run that road alot visiting family in In. Now i'll be watching for that. Thanks for letting everyone know.
 

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jimsjinx see ya got a new avatar looks better than the one with you being lazy in the chair.lol
 

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I've never seen or heard of anything like this. Thanks for the heads up. Good to know you made it. What could this possibly be used for? By all means, please, report this.
 

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I have seen those metal strips like you described, but for the life of me I can't remember where???? Somewhere here in Texas I know I have seen them, but riding in a cage I didn't pay much attention to them..Now that I have read about your close call. I will be paying more attention....Thanks for the heads up on another unsafe condition..And by all means do report it....

Claude.....
 

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I've had one close call like that, and think I'll start packing an extra pair of underwear for such events! :shock:
 

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In the great Western states we have wonderful cattle-guards.

These can cause a great pucker in dry conditions, and can put you down in wet conditions faster than lightning.

It's great when they're installed in the middle of a curve!
 

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Thank you to everyone for your words of concern. Well I am home safe now. Thanks kenswing80 for that link. I am going to fill out the form there. I also found email addresses for INDOT bridge inspectors. I am going to fire off an email to them tonight.
 

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Well it looks like things are happening. I filled out the form on the http://roadhazard.org/ page and got an email that they were forwarding the info to the proper authorities. I also sent emails to the bridge inspectors in Indiana with INDOT and have already received several emails back from them including:

Thank you for the information. You have reached the right people. Bill Dittrich is the Bridge Program Manager for the State of Indiana. I will talk with Bill, who is currently in the field looking at the bridges we share with other States. This is one of the bridges that we look at each year.

Please allow us a little time to review the situation and we will give you a reply as to what the object is and why it is in the bridge/road.

Gerald Nieman
INDOT – Bridge Inventory
317-232-5224


I also received an automated reply from Bill Dittrich showing that this bridge was scheduled to be inspected on Oct 1st anyway:

Hello: I will be out of the office Monday September 28th through Monday October 5th on Border Bridge Inspections over the Ohio River.
9/28 - US-419/29 - SR-161 & US-231
9/30 - SR-237 & SR-135
10/1 - I-65 & I-64
10/2 - US-421
10/5 - I-275
If you have an emergency, you can call me on my cell phone at (317) 407-4916, otherwise call Gerald Nieman in the Central Office, at (317) 232-5224. Bill Dittrich


So it looks like I got in touch with them at just the right time.


I will keep everyone updated.
 

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I had a close one last night too.I was comeing home on I-64 last night from Ohio doing about 60 and the roads were wett and a 18 weeler past me .he was flying he no sooner past me and he was gone ,the wind almost shoved me aganst the gard rail befor I could get it back,I swere I think the wind picked me up and sett me over.
 

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A lot of eastern roads have those steel expansion joints on the bridges. Usually there is a sign for mc riders to watch out for them. sosrt of odd having them run paralell with the road and not across it. Oh well glad you are OK good waring for the rest of us:action::action:
 
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